Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway records 100 mln pessenger trips
BEIJING, Feb 28, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
China's high-speed railway line
linking Beijing and Shanghai has recorded over 100 million passenger
trips since it started operation in June 2011, railway authorities
announced on Thursday.
Built with an investment of 217.6 billion yuan (34.7 billion U.S.
dollars), the 1,318-km railway linking Beijing and Shanghai has
shortened the travel time between the two major cities to about five
hours from the previous eight hours or more.
China has been steadily expanding its rail network as trains are
the most commonly used vehicles for the country's long-distance
In December last year, the high-speed line linking Beijing and
Guangzhou -- the world's longest -- went into official service,
bringing China's total high-speed rail network in operation to a
length of more than 9,300 km.
The Beijing-Guangzhou line is one of four north-south lines
expected to serve as backbones for the country's high-speed railway
network, which also features four east-west lines.
China's rail construction boom took a hit in 2011 following a
deadly train collision near the eastern city of Wenzhou, the accident
resulting in 40 deaths and 172 people being injured.
Investment and construction gradually picked up last year as the
country set the aim of having around 120,000 km of railway lines in
operation by 2015, including 18,000 km of high-speed lines.
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